Member for Pakenham Emma Vulin reveals she is in the early stages of motor neurone disease

Member for Pakenham Emma Vulin reveals she is in the early stages of motor neurone disease
  • PublishedApril 15, 2024

Victorian MP Emma Vulin has revealed she has motor neurone disease (MND), a degenerative illness that affects nerves in the body.

It is estimated there are more than 2,000 Australians currently living with the disease, which is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In a statement on Facebook, Ms Vulin said she was in the early stages of MND.

“I will continue to represent my wonderful community,” she said.

“I have recovered from a significant stroke in the past and have the fight in me to continue being the voice for my community in the Pakenham District.”

Despite the stroke at the age of 36, Ms Vulin recovered to win the newly created seat of Pakenham for Labor in 2022.

Premier Jacinta Allan paid credit to Ms Vulin’s bravery in the face of the diagnosis.

“To know Emma is to be in awe of her fight,” Ms Allan said.

“She fought to become the first Labor member for Pakenham. She fought to recover from a stroke at just 36. And as a CFA volunteer, she literally fights fire to keep her community safe.

“I know she’ll give this fight everything she’s got.”

MP Gabrielle Williams called Ms Vulin “the best of us”, praising her heart and integrity.

“She’s not new to an unfair challenge, and she will no doubt tackle this latest one as she has the others — with quiet tenacity, humour and an overwhelming concern for everyone other than herself,” Ms Williams said.

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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